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Subject: great show
Is there a slight bit of high-end peaking, or are my speakers blown?
It doesn't matter, this is a five-star effort. It would be nice, of course, if we could hear Ron's organ. And check out Phil essentially singing lead at the beginning of Cumberland, until Jerry and Bob decide to join him.
Subject: After the St. Pattys Parade
Was this the night of the St. Patrick's day parade ?
At the concession stand they sold pints of orange drink from Blue Ribbon Dairy.
Subject: I was there
The Catholic Youth Center, or CYC for better or worse, Was a relatively large concrete building that was basically a gym where local highschools held events like basketball. It was owned by the Diocese of Scranton but during the seventies and and eighties it held many a rock concert, wrestling and boxing show. The building still stands though I believe the local university now owns it.
OK, to the matter at hand. I remember the Blue Riders of the Purple Sage opening, three singers across the front of the stage and Jerry playing pedal steel. The singing was great and the music most entertaining except I was pressed up against the right hand bass speaker. A couple of times I thought my innards might liquify.
As for the Dead, I remember something that happened between the Dead taking the stage and the music eventually beginning. There was an obnoxious guy with a british accent whining that the yellow spotlights will "burn the retinas, no, too bright, they'll burn the retinas. Let's see what you get when you use red and blue" to which Bob Weir replied "why you'll get purple of course". The British guy shut up. Finally.
-thanks be seeing you
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: How Big Was the Youth Center?
Who knows? But the Grateful Dead made it sound huge.
An excellent show with the New Riders opening... sadly truncated by curfew? There's not a lot written, but perhaps there should be.
It's a fine outing by essentially, a four piece band (and cameo singer), who was pretty hot to trot those days. All first set songs are epic, peppy versions so full of energy it's hard to stop dancing. This show was well enough recorded a listener can immediately sense the depth of it. The subsequent remaster renders this a true find.
There's some eccentric playing too. Noteworthy is the wacky groove they catch on Hard to Handle. You just wish it would never stop.
And SO many great versions of alltime faves:
Playin' is short and sassy!
Sugar Magnolia rages!
Truckin' is hypnotic!
Pigpen Good Lovin'... lunatic!
This show is OUTRAGEOUS!
Listen for the Darkness Darkness hint before the final verse/chorus of Good Lovin.' Classic. Picture Jerry, Bobby, Phil and Pig singing their fool heads off. Beyond electric.
Then whap! into Second That Emotion. Oh Holy Night! Phil's bass feels like it's sittin' in your lap. Yet, STE is probably the one song that does not fit in, but so what?
It just sounds sooooo goooooooood.
Interesting choppy guitar, early version of Greatest which is cut off before JBG. Jerry, whose guitar has been glistening all evening, shreds.
And...totally spent, the band's UJB is a sweet and easy closer.
Even with inherent tape operator glitches (5 song beginnings/endings are clipped) this effort merits a 10.